The works council elections are held regularly every 4 years in the period from 1 March to 31 May. This period of time, in which the election day must lie, is required by law. Works council elections may take place outside this period only in exceptional cases which are regulated by law. Such an exceptional case may be, for example, if there is not works council at the operation yet, if the workforce has increased or decreased considerably within a certain range, if the works council resigns or if the works council election is successfully challenged.
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